internships provide opportunities for students to gain professional work
experience and develop marketable skills while further refining areas of
expertise and clarifying career goals. Over the last decade, PAIA students have completed hundreds of unique
internships around the world. Their stories are collected online on The Stacks: PAIA at Home & Abroad, a blog featuring student reflections on their internship experience.
Students pursuing the MAIR degree have
pursued internships on nearly every continent. These experiences allow students
to transition between the academic and professional world as well as serve as a
launching point for future endeavors within the international relations
degree's five career tracks. Internships are further offered
programs focusing on practical experience.
Internship requirements are designed to
ensure that each experience serves a practical training purpose, equipping the
student to enter the job market upon completion of the degree. To understand
what internships qualify for academic credit and the assignments involved, students
should refer to the internship section of the PAIA student blackboard group.
The PAIA department has created a step-by-step internship guide to
illustrate the process from initial planning to final decisions. For more
information on any of the information provided or to schedule a one-on-one
meeting, please e-mail the Global Programs Coordinator, Isaac Olson
Note: While the Global Programs Coordinator will provide advice
and counsel on organizations for you to consider, facilitate contacts at these
organizations, and review your application materials for any internship
position, the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs
does not provide direct placement within organizations. This is to ensure that
the organization and position meet your specific needs and allow you the
opportunity to successfully conduct an international relations job search.